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Ruth Rowland

Ruth Rowland

Overview

Born in Liverpool and now based in London, Ruth Rowland has been working as a lettering artist for over two decades. When she first started in the area of illustrated type, it wasn’t a widely explored field. Her early influences were Modernist and Dada typography, Abstract Expressionism, and Punk.

Early in her career, she worked for a range of music clients including 4AD Records, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, UB40, Duran Duran and the Rolling Stones – often rendering their lyrics in illustrative lettering. More recently they’ve included James Blunt, John Lennon’s estate and Chrissie Hynde.

She continues to develop her style and approach, always looking for new ways of illuminating the alphabet.

Training


After studying for her BA in Illustration in Newcastle upon Tyne, Ruth went to Central Saint Martin’s and did an MA in hand-drawn lettering, calligraphy and experimental typography.

Approach


In Ruth’s studio you'll find antique dip ink pens and Japanese brushes lying next to a Mac and Wacom tablet. She collects pens and brushes and uses them to work with ink on paper, which is then scanned and developed on screen in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Styles


Ruth delivers letter styles to order - wild or elegant, casual or ornate, edgy or playful… you can decide. Briefs usually range from one word or phrase to blocks of copy or full colour illustrations. She has always been fascinated with experimenting with words as images.

Client List

  • Coca Cola
  • BBC
  • Virgin Records
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
  • HarperCollins
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Country Living Magazine
  • Random House
  • Thorntons
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Newsweek Magazine
My Videos
My Videos

Lettering for Country Living Magazine ©Ruth Rowland
Hand lettereing illustration for Harvard's Ed Magazine by Ruth Rowland
Lettering illustration for Pixar Wired Magazine by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettering illustration for Country Living by Ruth Rowland
Lettering illustration for wired magazine by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettereing illustration for Wanderlust Magazine by Ruth Rowland
Ruth Rowland Brushpen Lettering Demo
Bill Wyman/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Paul McCartney/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Paul Carrack/ Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Enya/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Ruth Rowland Lettering Demo
BAA Welcome Campaign Strap lines Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Pilot Pen Ads strap lines Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist.
Sketch Agency Promotional Lettering Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Aruba Poster Campaign Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Ruth Rowland calligraphy demonstrations for events - Almost Z
Money Matters Maps Sainsburys Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Teardrop Island book cover and map design Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
ADAC Magazine Abu Dhabi Map Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Mumbai Map for Wall Street Journal, Asia. Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Bram Stoker Dracula lettering by Ruth Rowland
Book titles historic novels Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Nicholas Coleridge Book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Rut Rowland demonstrating lettering and calligraphy at Art in Action
Illustration for Oberon's Spell Shakespeare
Love is all ... Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Park Avenue Hotel Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Roses Logo for Cadbury's Chocolate Ruth Rowland
Illustration for sky delta cover by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettered illustration for Energy Tariff article by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettering on model's body by Ruth Rowland
Cover Lettering illustration in lipstick by Ruth Rowland
Hand lettereing illustration for logos cosmopolitan magazine by Ruth Rowland
Chrissie Hynde/Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
James Blunt/ Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Illustration of simple minds
Simple Minds Stranglers Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Ruth Rowland Te Tao advertising - calligraphy text, strapline, hand lettered logo and Chinese script
Floss Action Colgate Ad Campaign Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
CAFOD Poster Campaign Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
STDecaux Competition Posters for Shanghai Metro Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Ruth Rowland Quill Lettering Demo
Brisbane Map for Wall St Journal, Asia. ©Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Sky Delta Paris Article Map Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
The Great Dolomite Road AAA Magazine Article Map Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Ruth Rowland hand lettering demonstration pen and ink letter
Haruki Murakami book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Dawn French and Gok Wan book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Dr Whot Book titles Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Ruth Rowland Hand Lettering demonstration gothic
Saltwater Restaurant Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
David Salisbury Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Webster Pen Shop Logo Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist
Illustration for Bottoms Song Shakespeare
Demonstrating gestural brush pen calligraphy Ruth Rowland

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